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Facebook’s AI Helps to Save Lives

After posting a lot about the dangers and pitfalls of AI recently, it’s time for some good news: Facebook is using AI technology to actually serve humans – the way it should be. This article of fastcompany explains how Facebook is proactively using AI to help suicide prevention. The system identifies new posts or videos with potential suicide threats and automatically sends them to community operations. To make their AI and their response team more efficient, Facebook is working together with suicide prevention experts.

Lessons Learned

Questions

  • What other use cases are there for AI to help people in danger?
  • How else can AI help suicidal people?
  • How can you personally help people in your surrounding which might have suicidal thoughts?
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Six Step Framework to Solve Problems

This article of entrepreneur.com describes a simple framework for solving problems which apparently the infamous Elon Musk uses. It’s actually quite simple  and easy to summarize:

  1. Ask the underlying question, not just the easiest one to answer
  2. Collect evidence and information
  3. Develop a hypotheses based on the evidence and assign a probability for it
  4. Draw a conclusion
  5. Try to disprove this conclusion
  6. Work with the conclusion

While this is basic scientific thinking, the value comes from doing this deliberately. By starting on step 3 immediately we miss important opportunities which could even lead to disruptive innovation.

Related: The Theory of The 3 Why

Lessons Learned

  • Use frameworks deliberately to seemingly obvious situations to reach excellence.

Questions

  • How can we judge if we should use this framework or if it an overkill?
  • Which framework helps you to excel?
  • Where could this framework help you excel?

How To Stand Apart in a Conversation

Article of ArtOfManliness.com about how to behave in a conversation. Written in 1692, but still true today. In today’s world I feel that regaining the virtues of a gentlemen is very worthwhile and can set you apart both in business and private. Let us honor our ancestors by rediscovering the virtues of civilized character and manners.

Summary

  • Don’t lie or come near to it “Lying is a great offense against humanity itself; for where there is no regard to truth there can be no safe society between man and man …”
  • Be soft spoken, never interrupt, get loud or reproachful
  • Listen a lot, talk a little “lest you rob yourself at the opportunity to gain knowledge, wisdom, and experience by listening to those whom you silence by your “impertinent talking.””

Lessons Learned

  • The way you communicate reflects strongly on your character.

Questions

  • How can you polish your manners in order to be a pleasure to communicate with?
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Design Thinking Exploration

Article from Creativity at Work explores design thinking and how to use it for innovation.

Lessons Learned

  • Focus on solutions, not problems
  • Design means creating a better future
  • We often design without being aware, e.g. strategy, negotiations
  • Teach people, especially with customer contact, about design thinking

Questions

  • Where do you design in your every day life?
  • What is your most important lesson for design?

 

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How to Write a Great Product Requirement Document

Summary

How-to Article of Silicon Valley Product Group by Martin Cagan. Explains steps to write and manage a good PRD and common pitfalls, highly relevant especially for entrepreneurs and product managers.

Lessons Learned

  • Writing a PRD is central to develop a good product, therefore use a lot of effort
  • Fewer features lead to more use of the important ones, which then seems more powerful to customers
  • Customer is usually much less tolerant to complexity. Don’t think that you are your customer!

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